For some reasons, driving becomes a difficult task to people who is diagnosed with seizures. Some patients even are prohibited or restricted from operating vehicles due to not having a well controlled seizures. Learning some safety driving tips can help you manage your seizure while driving.
Seizures and the ability to drive
When you have a seizure, you may lose control of your body, change the way you act and sense things, or make you pass out suddenly. As a result, having a seizure while driving can lead you to lose control of your car and may cause a crash. You could hurt yourself and others.
The ability for you to drive a vehicles will depend on the following key factors:
- The cause of your seizure;
- The type of seizure you typically have;
- The laws of the local in which you are licensed;
- How long you have been free of seizures that affect your awareness.
Safety driving tips you should know
You should notify the proper authority when you are newly diagnosed with epilepsy. So it’s important that when you do fill out our applications for driving licenses if you do have epilepsy you need to report it. You need to get a letter from your doctor to complete your application.
It is important to have the approval of your doctor whether you can drive or not, since individuals with uncontrolled seizures have a higher risk of an accident if they drive. You may drive after six months or a year depending on the state. If a well-controlled person has a seizure after the doctor changes the medication, the patient may or may not be able to continue driving.
Be extra careful, take care of yourself, do not have a break through seizure, getting plenty of sleep. Don’t put yourself or anybody else at risk.
The best solution, if possible, is to get the seizures under control. To do this, work together with your doctor to get on the right treatment and to honestly discuss your seizures with them.
What if I have to give up driving?
Even if you have to give up driving until you have been seizure-free for long enough to get your license back, you can consider:
- Rides with family and friends;
- Taxi cabs;
- Shuttle buses or vans;
- Public buses, trains and subways;
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Review Date: February 14, 2017 | Last Modified: February 14, 2017
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